Brisbane Suburb Profile: St Lucia
A Little Bit of History
Located on the Brisbane River just 7km south-west of the CBD, the area was named after a sugar plantation bought by William Alexander Wilson in 1882. He was born in St Lucia in the West Indies and the plantation reminded him of his birthplace. St Lucia has been home to the University of Queensland since 1926.
Something to Eat
Hawken Drive is the spot you want to be at when it comes to getting a bite to eat in St Lucia. The strip is filled with restaurants and cafes with tastes from all over the world. St. Lucia, has lots of local restaurants for everyone and many have been around for years. With the Uni so close there’s lots of students and so the variety and quality of cheap eats is amazing. Many are family-run and reasonably priced and consistently good.
Back to Nature
Guyatt Park set by the Brisbane River is a favourite for locals to unwind and relax. The Guyatt Park Ferry Wharf is also situated in the park. So you are able to grab a quick ferry ride across Brisbane River to Orleigh Park where there are so many things to do in the sun.
A Spot of Shopping
St Lucia has many local shops to browse through or visit Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, within 5 minutes drive, one of the largest centres in Brisbane with David Jones, Myer and H&M. Plus St Lucia is only 7km from the CBD which is home to international top end brands. With so much to choose from there is always an excuse to go shopping.
With St Lucia being close to the CBD, the area is well serviced by public transport. St Lucia has 10 plus bus routes servicing the suburb frequently, 5 plus train stations within 4km and ferries run every 15 minutes. There’s even a safe and picture-perfect riverside bike path connecting St Lucia to the CBD.
St Lucia is a university suburb so it is bustling with culture from all over the world. With many of the influencers being international students. With an arthouse cinema on the grounds of the University of Queensland there is always something to watch or an event happening around campus. And who doesn’t love free entry to an art museum. The University of Queensland Art Museum holds over 3,500 works; The University of Queensland Art Collection is one of Queensland’s most significant public art collections.
A Bit of Me Time
St Lucia is dotted with parks and is only a quick ferry ride away from the city. The parks, including the spacious grounds around the University of Queensland have so many green spaces to choose from where it’s easy to find a relaxing spot with lush green parks and accessible family spaces such as the University of Queensland lakes. This stunning parkland is the perfect place to picnic, read a book, or just feed the ducks. The area also has many sporting facility’s, cool off and take a break at the University of Queensland Aquatic Centre, which is open to everyone. There are also two golf courses close by, the St Lucia public golf course and and Indooroopilly members only golf course, a rarity this close to the CBD.
There are many great spots in the area to grab a drink after dark. Boundary St in the West End has a high concentration of bars, pubs and cafes, offering cocktails to craft beers. With regular transport services to the West End from St Lucia, you are sure to have a great night out.
One of Brisbane’s largest venues, Hillstone St Lucia has been in operation for more than 27 years. Whatever the time of day, the newly renovated Hundred Acre bar provides the perfect setting in which to eat, drink and relax with good company, kick back at the end of a busy week and enjoy some of St Lucia’s trendiest local musicians.
The University of Queensland was one of the first universities in Australia to acquire works of art and to use bequest funds for this purpose. With over 3,500 works, The University of Queensland Art Collection holds one of Queensland’s most significant public art collections.
St Lucia has been listed as one of Brisbane's Top 10 most affluent suburbs with a median house price of $1.25M *
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